Jesus Has Risen
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
The Guards’ Report
11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
The Great Commission
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (vv. 18-20)
Speaking of a blessed and successful person, Abraham will surely standout. The Bible says that he was wealthy both materially and spiritually. He was tremendously rich (Gen. 13:1-2) and totally approved by the Lord (Gen. 15:6). But what made Abraham successful and at the same time approved by God? When Abraham heard the words of the Lord in Gen. 12:1-3, he had no idea as to the extent and magnitude of this great promise of God. Little did he know that this promise will not only benefit him and his family but will continue to bless multitudes of people and nations until our Lord Jesus comes (See Gal. 3:6-9; 14).
So, do you want to be successful and yet approved by the Lord?
Believe the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and be an ambassador of the Good News yourself.
As far as Jesus is concerned, there is only one criterion by which we may judge success. All that He has instructed us to do can be summarized by His final mandate found in Matthew 28:19-20.
Your life will be judged successful only to the degree that you have fulfilled this Great Commission.
Thus, winning and making disciples should be the passion of every believer of the Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, obeying the Great Commission is opening up God’s great abundant blessings to our life and to others.
Obeying the Lord’s mandate is truly a blessing and will bring tremendous and unexplainable joy in our life. Therefore, let’s all be a Great Commission Christian today!
E-CONQUEST: Become and Empowered
• E-Conquest is all about the Great Commission. Let us all together conquer souls for Christ!